Idris Elba embraced fear
Actor Idris Elba is honoured to have voiced tiger Shere Khan in the upcoming remake of The Jungle Book.
Idris Elba embraced his fears and insecurities in order to pursue his dreams.
The British actor and DJ has had a busy schedule over the last few years, appearing in movies such as Thor and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom along with hit TV shows Luther and The Wire. Growing up in Hackney, east London, shaped Idris into who he is today and taught him some valuable lessons.
"All the time!" he recalled to Best magazine when asked if kids tried to push him around in his younger years. "But I was strong and I knew how to defend myself. I would get into a lot of fights with white kids and I needed to show that I wasn't afraid and that I wouldn't back down. That kind of experience toughens you, and I learnt that fear is your greatest enemy in life. That's the kind of attitude I've used to move forward, and work hard to pursue my dreams."
The 43-year-old currently has five projects in the pipeline, including the live-action remake of classic tale The Jungle Book. He voices tiger Shere Khan and joins the likes of other A-listers including Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray lending their vocals to the film. It helped that Idris loved the Disney version of the movie as a child and now he wants his own son Winston to become a fan.
"It was my favourite, I watched it many times," he smiled. "Voicing Shere Khan is a massive honour. I wait for Winston to see it. I love seeing his little face light up."
The star is also a father to daughter Isan, and both his offspring have inspired him to participate in more family-friendly flicks. Idris wants to make more projects which his kids can enjoy and feel proud of, with Disney's latest release Zootropolis being one of them.
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